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HP Accidentally Posts Windows 7 Slate on Website

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 32 comments

HP's Windows 7 Slate was supposedly killed off in at the end of April. Though nothing was confirmed, TechCrunch cited a source who said the company was scrapping the tablet because it wasn't happy with Windows 7 as an OS.

Today, we finally have confirmation from HP as to just what's going on with the Windows 7 Slate PC first showed off by Steve Ballmer at CES 2010. PC World yesterday spotted a product called the HP Slate 500 on the Hewlett Packard website. Seen here, thanks to the wonders of Google Cache, the Slate is described as an "all you need" device that lets you browse the web, watch videos, look at photos, or "capture life as it happens" with either one of the Slate's two cameras (photo and video).

Full description below:

No matter where you are or what kind of fun you’re in the mood for, the HP Slate 500 is all you need. Exclusive HP software gives you access to photos, videos and everything on the Internet with just a touch, while Windows® 7 Premium gives you the power to do what you want. The unique design and 22.6 cm (8.9") screen put the full Internet in your hands, while two cameras (video and still) let you capture life as it happens or participate in web conferencing. Adjust the screen orientation to fit your content and use the pen to write or draw as if on a piece of paper. Whatever you want to do, the HP Slate 500 helps you do it – and makes it more fun too.

Obviously, given previous rumors, this listing sparked quite a bit of discussion. Responding to questions about the HP Slate and whether or not it was still alive, HP this morning confirmed that the device is still on the road to production. Engadget cites a HP representative as saying the Slate is "in customer evaluations now" and HP "will make a determination soon on the next steps."

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    atdhe , July 22, 2010 1:21 AM
    Accidentally? Really? ;) 
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    xerroz , July 22, 2010 1:11 AM
    I want one! NOW
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  • 13 Hide
    xerroz , July 22, 2010 1:11 AM
    I want one! NOW
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    atdhe , July 22, 2010 1:21 AM
    Accidentally? Really? ;) 
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    dokiardo , July 22, 2010 1:33 AM
    That tells us very little. Most every company is likely working on a tablet now. Put some specs in there, that'll be news =)
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    edilee , July 22, 2010 1:34 AM
    It's funny when a company that has produced junk PCs says they aren't happy with Win7 which was a near perfect OS at launch. Maybe they just can't make a decent product that can run it? They should have stuck with printers since it is the only thing they are good at.
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    naterandrews , July 22, 2010 1:50 AM
    I think that in offeing the choice over two different slates, HP will be able to catch whichever trend catches on first- Webos or Win 7 (though personally I'm rooting for WebOS to be a serious challenger to the iPad, as I'm writing this from my iPad)
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    Anonymous , July 22, 2010 1:54 AM
    USB port and I'm sold on it.
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    AndrewMD , July 22, 2010 1:55 AM
    The problem is that the iPad is the equivalent of a Windows CE device with a nicer user interface. Windows CE is an instant on system with internet connectivity and apps... Windows 7 is a full blown OS that cannot do instant on natively..

    Microsoft should really work on a Tablet OS that is not based on Windows.
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    Regulas , July 22, 2010 2:21 AM
    AndrewMDThe problem is that the iPad is the equivalent of a Windows CE device with a nicer user interface. Windows CE is an instant on system with internet connectivity and apps... Windows 7 is a full blown OS that cannot do instant on natively.. Microsoft should really work on a Tablet OS that is not based on Windows.

    The Windows CE platform is not even close to the grace of the iPad. If Windows CE was so great why is it basically dead. The motion sensor control built into Apples iPod, Iphone and now the iPad is just one cool features OS X light does for these devices.
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    insightdriver , July 22, 2010 2:31 AM
    regulas, you did not read for comprehension. It was a comparison that AndrewMD made to the "instant-on" feature that is nearly required in a slate type product. It had nothing to do with the merits of Window CE as an OS. He was simply saying that Winows 7 can't be an instant-on OS by design (and Windows CE was).
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    Regulas , July 22, 2010 2:32 AM
    My bad, I agree.
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    Trueno07 , July 22, 2010 2:50 AM
    Woo!! I'm so excited, i was so disappointed that they canceled it!

    The device might suck, but it's a step in the right direction!
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    allenpan , July 22, 2010 2:56 AM
    Insightdriverregulas, you did not read for comprehension. It was a comparison that AndrewMD made to the "instant-on" feature that is nearly required in a slate type product. It had nothing to do with the merits of Window CE as an OS. He was simply saying that Winows 7 can't be an instant-on OS by design (and Windows CE was).



    lol just you don;t alot of POS are winCE, so as your ATM,...i mean ALOTTTTTTT devices are using WinCE, b/c it is a real-time OS, unlike stander windows, OSX, and Linux
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    allenpan , July 22, 2010 2:58 AM
    P.S Windows Mobile is base on WinCE, most digital delivery system, such as Fedex, UPS 's scan pad are also using it, man CE is "EVERYWHERE"
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    zybch , July 22, 2010 4:03 AM
    regulasThe Windows CE platform is not even close to the grace of the iPad. If Windows CE was so great why is it basically dead.

    Have you ANY idea on just how many devices Windows CE is used?
    From the xbox to the vast majority of GPSs, CE is everywhere, and in far far far greater numbers than the iTampon.
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    bourgeoisdude , July 22, 2010 4:23 AM
    zybchHave you ANY idea on just how many devices Windows CE is used?From the xbox to the vast majority of GPSs, CE is everywhere, and in far far far greater numbers than the iTampon.


    Err...XBOX? Where'd you hear that?

    I've heard just about everything about the Xbox OS now--it came from the NT kernel--no, it was XP, right? No, no, no!!! It was Windows 2000, which was based off the NT kernel!!! And now...it's Windows CE?

    Don't get me wrong, I know CE is everywhere, but I don't believe the Xbox OS is based off of it. I'm sure there could be some code fragments in there, along with fragments from other Windows OSes.
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    rohitbaran , July 22, 2010 5:04 AM
    So, probably they wanted to kill all the rumors that their slate is dead. Good move.
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    eddieroolz , July 22, 2010 5:08 AM
    Good news for those wishing for a tablet.
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    DjEaZy , July 22, 2010 5:32 AM
    ... HP Accidentally Posts Windows 7 Slate on Website? Yeah, right!!!
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    back_by_demand , July 22, 2010 6:55 AM
    Insightdriverregulas, you did not read for comprehension. It was a comparison that AndrewMD made to the "instant-on" feature that is nearly required in a slate type product. It had nothing to do with the merits of Window CE as an OS. He was simply saying that Winows 7 can't be an instant-on OS by design (and Windows CE was).

    I'm not sure if we should be excited by an OS that switches on faster so we can get nothing done quicker.
    If you were given the choice of a 30 second boot but can run MS Office, attach a USB flash drive, edit pictures, print them on your printer, then drop copies on the flash drive to hand over, then relaxing listening to some music via iTunes.
    Or.
    Booting in less than 5 seconds and then fighting with the device to perform any of the above tasks, well, maybe not such a good idea.
    Does your printer have a Windows CE driver?
    Can you install Nero on Windows CE?
    Photoshop?
    iTunes?
    This isn't power-user stuff, even the most basic luddite who has no real understanding of computers does photo editing, burning onto DVDs and listen to music.
    Some will say that you can work around all that stuff if you do this and that and the other, but you have to make it accessible for the simplest part of the equation - the basic user.
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    dEAne , July 22, 2010 7:00 AM
    I am pretty there are still lots of improvements for these.
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